Fin & Lady

Fin & Lady

by Cathleen Schine
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Overview

Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine

From the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport, a wise, clever story of New York in the '60s

It's 1964. Eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn't seen in six years, is now his legal guardian and his only hope. That means Fin is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut to Greenwich Village, smack in the middle of the swinging '60s. He soon learns that Lady-giddy, careless, urgent, and obsessed with being free-is as much his responsibility as he is hers.
So begins Fin&Lady, the lively, spirited new novel by Cathleen Schine, the author of the bestselling The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Fin and Lady lead their lives against the background of the '60s, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War-Lady pursued by ardent, dogged suitors, Fin determined to protect his impulsive sister from them and from herself.
From a writer The New York Times has praised as "sparkling, crisp, clever, deft, hilarious, and deeply affecting," Fin&Lady is a comic, romantic love story: the story of a brother and sister who must form their own unconventional family in increasingly unconventional times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466837089
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 155,206
File size: 824 KB

About the Author

Cathleen Schine is the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport, The New Yorkers, and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.


Cathleen Schine is the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport, The Love Letter, and The New Yorkers, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. She lives in Los Angeles.

Hometown:

New York, New York, and Venice, California

Date of Birth:

1953

Place of Birth:

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Education:

B.A., Barnard College, 1976

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Fin & Lady: A Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh out loud, and brought me to tears. It's very powerful because the characters are so vivid.  All of them, not just Fin and the enigmatic Lady. I loved every nuance of the story and all the brilliant characters. I didn't  live through the '60s, but the period came alive for me in Shine's wonderful novel. 
AlanAbrams More than 1 year ago
This is a charming book full of emotion. The writing pops off the page. Highly recommended.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
Set in the 60’s during the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, hippies, Woodstock, and carefree living, a story of a boy named Fin who has lost his parents at age 8 yrs. old has found he now is in the care of his older, bohemian carefree and beautiful sister named Lady. (Set in Greenwich Village, New York, Connecticut, Capri, and Italy, among other world travels and enchanting adventures with an array of color characters). She is most definitely not parent material, as runs from responsibility -- enjoys living life to the fullest and adventure. Fin and Lady become a team as Fin enjoys the highs and not so much the lows. As Lady begins worrying about being a single spinster, she begins dating many suitors and of course, Fin is in the center of her friends and men and has an opinion of each. Fin becomes more of a parent at sometimes more so than Lady. Fin gets to experience travel and culture--subjected to worldly cultures well beyond his young age. A beautiful story; however, the audio gets very long and drawn out. I would like to have Fin be more of the main central character with more depth from him, versus of Lady and more history of Lady before she takes over as Fin’s guardian. I think the book was funny at some points and liked Bithie and did not care for the parts of Lady with Michelangelo as it separated the Fin/Lady. Will not disclose other spoiler parts which come towards the end of the novel as the book comes full circle, making the book worth reading. This is my first book by Cathleen Schine and would definitely read more. Not my usual type of book; however, think the narrator did a great job and would recommend.
Jamie6 More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully entertaining book set smack dab in the 60s. The characters are all very well developed (not just Fin and Lady). The storyline is also very entertaining. The 1960s setting is spot on cool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved spending time with this book, which acknowledges life's deepest moments without drowning in them. Read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find this book to be a boring read. Every chapter is a repeat of the one before. I keep reading in hopes that there is some hidden purpose or something that will happen to give me that "ahha" moment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lvoe Cathleen Schine's writing. I read this book in three days. She creates characters that you care about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it's full of emotion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely and heartwarming story, that is fun and funny but also sad and sady real Truly splendid character driven story! More please:)
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MOONSHADOW67 More than 1 year ago
Good story about relatives and survival.
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Would give more stars if I could.  A wonderful, wonderful book.
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Loved it,could not put it down,and now sorry I finished it.
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I admit I like Cathleen Schine very much but not indiscriminately. That said, she is a master story teller with beautiful character development. Fin and Lady was no exception. With many lovable characters and a great tight plot line I highly recommend Fin and Lady to everyone. As a New Yorker it is fun to see the different parts of the city thru other's eyes. Enjoy this and her book The New Yorkers.
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